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LECTURE | “I Will Overcome Every Barrier to Success”: Susie M. Barstow, Artist of the Hudson River

  • Dates: October 8, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Price: Free to Public
  • Overview

    Join us for a lecture with Nancy Siegel as she discusses the life and career of Susie M. Bastow (1836-1923), a prolific artist and notable figure in the field of American landscape painting. Siegel will discuss Barstow’s life and work within the context of the Hudson River School using her extensive research into archival materials including letters, diaries, photographs, paintings and more.  

    About the Lecture:

    Why do we not know more of Susie M. Barstow (1836-1923) a prolific artist and notable figure in the field of American landscape painting? In “I Will Overcome Every Barrier to Success”: Susie M. Barstow, Artist of the Hudson River School, Nancy Siegel, Professor of Art History at Towson University, discusses the life and career of this fascinating artist within the context of the Hudson River School. Dr. Siegel has explored and extensively researched Barstow utilizing vast, and previously unknown, archival materials. This rare occasion to mine the depths of an artist’s life through letters, dairies, photographs, paintings, drawings, and sketchbooks provides a unique opportunity to present a comprehensive study that is both art-historically significant and visually stunning.  

    This talk will be based on new book, Susie M. Bastow: Redefining the Hudson River School by Nancy Siegel.

    For those interested in purchasing a copy of Susie M. Barstow: Redefining the Hudson River School, please call our Museum Shop to place a copy on hold! The Museum Shop can be reached at 518 463 4478 x 459.

    About the Lecturer, Nancy Siegel:

    Nancy Siegel is Professor of Art History and Culinary History at Towson University and specializes in American landscape studies, print culture, and culinary history of the 18th and 19th centuries. Her most recent book Susie M. Barstow: Redefining the Hudson River School complements the 2023-24 touring exhibition she is co-curating for the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Women Reframe American Landscape: Susie Barstow & Her Circle/Contemporary Practices. Dr. Siegel is completing the manuscript, Political Appetites: Revolution, Taste, and Culinary Activism in the Early Republic and provides historical cooking demonstrations and lectures widely on landscape and culinary histories.

    Dr. Siegel has authored/edited publications such as The Cultured Canvas: New Perspectives on American Landscape PaintingRiver Views of the Hudson River SchoolWithin the Landscape: Essays on Nineteenth-Century American Art and CultureAlong the Juniata: Thomas Cole and the Dissemination of American Landscape Imagery; and The Morans: The Artistry of a Nineteenth-Century Family of Painter-Etchers. Her work has also appeared in Gastronomica, The Burlington Magazine, and Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide. She has been the recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships including: the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library; Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany; Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture- Georgian Papers Programme Fellowship, Windsor Castle, Windsor, UK; Terra Foundation for American Art; New England Regional Fellowship Consortium: Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Massachusetts Historical Society, Connecticut Historical Society, Historic Deerfield; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the American Antiquarian Society; Yale University; Winterthur Museum & Country Estate; the Massachusetts Historical Society; the Culinary Historians of Chicago; the New York Public Library; the Tavolozza Foundation, and the Furthermore Foundation.

    Sponsored by a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant.

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